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Unionized nurses joined by elected officials and labor leaders rallied outside Albany Medical Center in November 2020.
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After three long years, Albany Medical Center and the New York State Nurses Association reached a contract agreement.

NYSNA-affiliated nurses pose for a photo after voting to approve a three-year contract with Albany Medical Center Thursday
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With 97 percent of union members voting in favor, Albany Medical Center nurses affiliated with the New York State Nurses Association have approved a three-year contract.

Nurse Jennifer Bejo holds a sign on the picket line.
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Albany Medical Center and the New York State Nurses Association have reached a contract agreement.

Albany Medical Center sign
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New York State Attorney General Letitia James say her office has reached an agreement with Albany Medical Center to pay back more than $90,000 to nurses who either quit or were fired within three years of employment.

Kathie Fitzgerald and Ved Dookhun
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The Socialist Workers Party has entered two candidates for November's Albany city elections.

Joann Hopkins, a registered nurse in the in-patient psychiatric unit at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, setting up a tea party for her patients.
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On today’s 51%, I visit a psychiatric ward in Cleveland to learn how one nurse reaches her patients with tea parties. And we’ll hear from one physician assistant who is trying to educate other healthcare professionals about racial and gender equity.

Unionized nurses joined by elected officials and labor leaders rallied outside Albany Medical Center in November 2020.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has charged Albany Medical Center with serious violations regarding alleged working conditions during the pandemic.

An online forum held on the proposed merger of major Capital Region hospital networks St. Peter’s Health Partners and Ellis Medicine raised concerns about equity in health care.

Saratoga County Health Services Commissioner Dr. Daniel Kuhles
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As the vaccine rollout continues, upstate New York continues to battle the pandemic on several fronts.

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Albany Medical Center nurses who are represented by the New York State Nurses Association walked the picket line Tuesday. Hospital officials held an afternoon news conference to share what they were experiencing inside the facility.

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Unionized nurses joined by elected officials and labor leaders rallied outside Albany Medical Center on Saturday ahead of a strike planned for Tuesday.

Union members join nurses outside Albany Medical Center on November 25, 2020
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Albany Medical Center Nurses are renewing calls for hospital management to come back to the bargaining table to discuss a new contract.

Nurse Lenore Granich-Berghela is an AMC Negotiating Committee Member.
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Nurses at Albany Medical Center have decided to hold a one-day walkout in their contract dispute with the hospital.

Corey Ellis joins nurses gathered outside Albany Medical Center on Sunday October 18, 2020.
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As COVID cases ramp up, unionized nurses at Albany Medical Center continue working without a contract.

ICU Nurse Jennifer Bejo says single-use N95 respirators are being “decontaminated” for reuse at AMC.
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Nurses from Albany Medical Center assembled in front of the hospital on Sunday to highlight conditions they say may threaten nurse and patient safety, ahead of an anticipated second wave of COVID-19.

Demonstrators rally for NYSNA workers outside Albany Medical Center, Labor Day 2020.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Nurses at Albany Medical Center have authorized a potential strike over their ongoing contract dispute with the hospital. 

County Executive Dan McCoy and County Department for Aging Commissioner Deb   Riitano handed out "flu prevention bags" to seniors at a drive-through event in   Congregation Beth Emeth's parking lot.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Already trying to control the coronavirus pandemic, Albany County officials kicked off a "shoo the flu" initiative this week.

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The death of actor Chadwick Boseman on August 28 from colon cancer at the age of 43 came as a shock. Perhaps best known for portraying Jackie Robinson in the film “42” and suiting up as Black Panther, Boseman had been diagnosed at stage 3 in 2016, but never spoke publicly about it, privately undergoing countless surgeries and chemotherapy, according to his family.

Jennifer Bejo satnds with other nurses outside Albany Med on April 11,
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

During the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare workers have been on the front lines — pulling long shifts in often dangerous conditions. Here is one nurse's story.

Albany Med nurses
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Albany Medical Center nurses rallied outside the hospital on New Scotland Avenue Saturday morning.

The nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association say the hospital has been restricting access to respirators and other equipment.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, County Exec Dan McCoy, Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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The death of a man in his 50s with underlying health issues Thursday night was the 12th coronavirus death in Albany County. Meantime, county officials continue to urge people to practice social distancing, especially during Passover and Easter.

 Hospital leaders gathered at Albany Med practice social distancing.
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Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the Capital Region, and area hospitals are scrambling to keep up.

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COVID-19's sweep through the Capital Region is being closely watched by government and health officials.

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Albany Medical Center says it’s enhancing  preparedness efforts related to the novel coronavirus.

Ellis Medicine's vice president and chief medical officer Dr. David Liebers addresses reporters as Incoming Albany Med President and CEO Dr. Dennis McKenna looks on.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Responding to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, hospitals across the region have collaborated on a coronavirus preparedness plan.

NYSNA nurses outside Ellis Hospital
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Nurses and staff members with the New York State Nurses Association rallied in Schenectady today. As WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports, the union is negotiating for new contracts at three local hospitals.

Registered nurses with the New York State Nurses Association are planning to demonstrate in Schenectady Friday.

Albany County and city officials, religious leaders and registered nurses held a prayer vigil Sunday on the steps of Albany City Hall.
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More than 2,000 nurses at Albany Medical Center have been negotiating a contract since April 2018, when they voted for union representation. They held a rally and vigil Sunday on the steps of City Hall.

Dr. David Hart
Albany Medical Center

Dr. David Hart of Albany Medical Center joins Medical Monday to discuss Alzheimer's disease. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Nurses gathered in Colonie to discuss a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of some Filipino nurses who came to the U.S. under a special program.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A nurses' union is accusing Albany Medical Center of violating human trafficking law, forcing Filipino nurses to continue working there under the threat of severe financial penalties.

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